Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

July 3, 2018

MnDOT seeks input on proposed goals for disadvantaged businesses

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation invites public comment on the proposed statewide goals for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in highway and transit contracts for federal fiscal years 2019-2021.

The DBE program is an affirmative action program intended to level the playing field by providing contracting opportunities for small businesses that are owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.

MnDOT is required by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration to set statewide goals for disadvantaged business participation in federally-funded projects over the next three years. The proposed FHWA goal is 12.23 percent and the proposed FTA goal is 9.12 percent on all U.S. Department of Transportation-assisted contracts.  

Four public meetings are scheduled on the following dates to discuss the goals and methodology and receive public comment:

  • July 9 – 9 a.m. to noon, MnDOT District 6 headquarters, 2900 48th Street NW, Rochester
  • July 11 – 9 a.m. to noon, Hiway Federal Credit Union 840 Westminster St., Saint Paul
  • July 13 – 9 a.m. to noon, MnDOT District 1 headquarters, 1123 Mesaba Ave., Duluth
  • July 23 – 1 to 3 p.m., Ewald Conference Center, 1000 Westgate Drive, Saint Paul

A sign language interpreter will be available at these events. For other reasonable accommodation requests, please notify Janet Miller, Office of Affirmative Action, at janet.rae.miller@state.mn.us or 651-366-4720.

Moving forward, MnDOT is committed to:  

  • Increasing capacity within the DBE community
  • Providing technical resources to assist firms to compete for MnDOT contracts
  • Creating strategic opportunities for DBE participation through right-size contracts

The statewide goals and executive summary are available for public inspection July 3-31, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Minnesota Department of Transportation, 395 John Ireland Blvd, St. Paul, Minn. Public comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., July 31, 2018.
Written comments can be submitted to:

Kim Collins, Director
Office of Civil Rights
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd, M.S. 170
St. Paul, MN  55155

or Proposed 3-Year Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goals.